The New York City Sheriff’s Office blasted a celebration of more than 200 people appearing on coronavirus restrictions at a Queens catering hall on Saturday.
Deputies collapsed in a bash at Queens Luxe Banquet Hall on Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park around 1:35 a.m. – and said they found some 215 unmasked dancing, drinking and smoking hookah inside.
“Customers are not socially distant, do not wear proper masks, and do not follow the orders of the Mayoral and Gubernatorial COVID-19 Emergency Executive,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
The venue hosts a hookah party – meant to be capped with 45 guests – paid for by people to enter, sources said.
In addition to violating the rules of Mayor Bill de Blasio and COVID-19 by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the catering hall also operates without an alcohol license, authorities said.
Owner Johnny Albuja, 47, and an employee, Miguel Hernandez, 49, were slapped five times for violating emergency orders, unlicensed alcohol sales and unlicensed warehousing by alcohol, the sheriff’s office said.
Two other personnel, Juan Carlos Barona Uribe and Luis David Mera Acosta, both 27, each were given calls for violation of emergency orders.
New York’s Coronavirus guidelines currently allow indoor arts and entertainment spaces to operate at 25 percent capacity – including all parishes that are required to wear a face mask unless eating or drinking.
According to its website, Queens Luxe has two ballrooms, one with a maximum capacity of 160 people and another that can accommodate up to 250 guests.
A venue request for comment was not immediately returned Saturday night.